Srila Giri Maharaja – “friends may turn into foes”:

Date: 10/22/19

Dear Sriman Damodara dasa,

Please accept my blessings and well wishes in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

After some time, I listened to your lectures and distributed them. Then my friends attacked me, threatened hell, etc.

We must follow the Absolute Truth wherever He leads us. He wants and demands that His devotees will not compromise their surrender to Him in any way. This often means, as Srila Sridhara Maharaja stated it, “By His will, friends may turn into foes, and foes may turn into friends.”:

Friends may be converted into foes, and foes may be converted into friends. But I must stick to my ideal. By His will, friends may turn into foes, and foes may turn into friends. But in my progress, some elimination and some new acceptance, Read More...

Srila Giri Maharaja – vasudeva (Vasudeva) consciousness

My dandavats. (Sriman Gokulananda Prabhu, Srimati Lilavati Devi, Uddharan das)

This morning I heard something very interesting while listening to: 87.02.20.A (±30:00) wherein Srila Sridhara Maharaja refers to the verse:

ŚB 4.3.23

सत्त्वं विशुद्धं वसुदेवशब्दितं
यदीयते तत्र पुमानपावृत: ।
सत्त्वे च तस्मिन्भगवान्वासुदेवो
ह्यधोक्षजो मे नमसा विधीयते ॥ २३ ॥

sattvaṁ viśuddhaṁ vasudeva-śabditaṁ
yad īyate tatra pumān apāvṛtaḥ
sattve ca tasmin bhagavān vāsudevo
hy adhokṣajo me namasā vidhīyate

Synonyms

sattvam — consciousness; viśuddham Read More...

Tuesday 22nd October 2019 – Appearance of Srila Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva-Goswāmī Mahārāja.

Dear devotees and friends, we humbly invite you to participate in the festival for the Grand 125th Appearance Day Celebration of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s Founder President Acharya, Om Vishnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya-varya Astottara-sata Sri Srila Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva-Goswāmī Mahārāja which will take place at the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and also at our UK ashram near London.

Please click this link to see and hear Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja speaking on this most auspicious occasion in 2007.

This festival will include Nama sankirtana, discourses and other all-auspicious activities. Please RSVP by clicking on the contact page and using one of the methods available there.

Srila Giri Maharaja “A Transcendental Competition”

To inspire interest in thoughtful analysis of ideas presented as Gaudiya siddhanta but are actually antithetical to it, which we must identify and confront on a regular basis during our preaching activities, I am introducing what Srila Prabhupada Swami Maharaja termed a “transcendental competition.”

“I understand from Karandhara that you will be setting up another ISKCON Press in Los Angeles to engage our New York Press in transcendental competition for printing my books. Competition and profiteering spirit are always there in the living entity. It is not that they can be artificially removed in some manner. Factually we saw in Russia that by removing competition and profit calculation from society the people were not at all happy, and still these Read More...

Friday 6th September 2019 – Sri Radhastami. Appearance day of Srimati Radharani.

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate along with devotees from Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global New Jersey in the grand festival for Sri Radhastami on Friday 6th September, 2019.

The festival will include kirtana, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.

Srila Giri Maharaja – “Have you considered repentance?”

8/21/19

Dear Ishvara Upamana/Madhu Krishna das/Michael Sheludko/Researcher

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

I am a researcher, doing religion studies at the Ukrainian Catholic University, so the first interest is of this intention.

Prabhu, in Christian theology what is the term for a person who, once a Christian, turns away from Christ? Is the term not “heretic” or, perhaps, apostate? A heretic is one that believes in or practices heresy, which is defined as follows:

1) belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine:

2) opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted:

As for apostate, we find this:

a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle

Applying the above principals to your case, Read More...

Friday 23rd August 2019 – Sri Krishna Janmastami.

Dear devotees and friends: We humbly invite you to participate at the SCSM Global Headquarters in New Jersey, USA and at our U.K. center in the celebration of the grand festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami on Friday 23rd August 2019 at 8pm until 12am midnight. Complete fast all day until midnight (then no grains).

You are also invited to attend Sri Nandotsava and Thakura Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appearance day celebrations the following morning on Saturday 24th August.

The festivals will include kirtana, discourses and other auspicious activities. Please RSVP via our contact page.

Srila Giri Maharaja – “No Divorce, Obedient Wives and Henpecked Husbands”

(Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada in Melbourne)

Date: 8/18/19

To my friends in the grhasta-ashrama.

My dandavats Sriman Uddharan.

By chance after advising you not to take advantage of your gentle wife’s no fighting stance I happened to read this demand of Srila Prabhupada upon a bride to be (“I do promise to always serve and obey my husband . . . ”):

Śyāmasundara: “Henceforward from this day…”

Prabhupāda: Let him promise.

Śyāmasundara: Hmm.

Prabhupāda: You promise, “I…”

Śyāmasundara: You, Sanaka dāsa…

Prabhupāda: Say, “I, Sanaka dāsa…”

Sanaka: I, Sanaka dāsa…

Prabhupāda: Ah! “…take charge of you…”

Śyāmasundara: “…take charge of you…”

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Srila Giri Maharaja – “Distribution of this highest welfare.”

Srila Sridhara Maharaja: I am in my old age. To continue the distribution of this highest welfare of our Guru Maharaja, I have appointed Govinda Maharaja, to do on my behalf. If you connect with him you will be able to know what is his inner capacity to deal with all these things. I hope you will appreciate, appreciate and you will find higher things in him. With this I retire. vāñchā-kalpatarubhyaś ca… .

— 86.02.19.A @12:30

Srila Giri Maharaja – “[A] confused state of affairs . . . “

Dear Sripada Candrasekhara Swami,

Please accept my humble obeisances in remembrance of my Divine Masters.

It was kind of you to call me and follow up with your written invitation to celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s avirbhava with you at 26 Second Ave. I appreciate this gesture initiated by His Holiness Sripada Jayadvaita Swami, one of my long time friends.

If I had been asked to speak to the participants I might have considered this a preaching opportunity. But I was not and, therefore, hardly see the point of my attending as I already know what to expect and do not see any benefit for myself or Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math Global, the Mission I represent. I will extend these remarks by asking, in light of them, what benefit would there be for others should I attend?

When we spoke by phone Read More...